Event Dates: 10/1/14 – 1/15/15
Entry Deadline: 1/15/15
Days remaining to deadline: 31


Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Total Media – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2

Entry Fee (2015 Membership fee and 1 image): $50.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $5.00

$20K in Cash Awards. Transparent Watercolor Only. Must be a member. Life  Members Free, use TWSA Life member coupon TWSA4Life.


– New and Renewing PREPAID (TWSA Website or mailed) TWSA Members get coupon code at www.watercolors.org. Enter Coupon Code in “Entry Fee”.  For a second image pay the $5 “Media Fee”.


Improper usage of coupon codes will automatically disqualify your entry.


Requirements of Paintings:


– Transparent watercolor applied in a transparent manner on single sheet of 100% rag or cotton paper, free of pigment and or embedded materials.


– Use of any pencil is only for planning marks.


– Framed size will not exceed 50″ in either direction


– Minimum size (mat opening) of 8”x10″


Unacceptable entries include: White paint or gesso/priming, Acrylic, Gouache, Ink, Pastel, Metallic/iridescent paint, Collage, or surface constructions, Embossing/varnishing, Yupo/or types of paper not listed as acceptable. Use of digital images or enhancements.


Clarification for you, on the online form: Dollar = Sales Price; Value = If not for sale, it’s the value of your piece for museum insurance. Note: 35% Commission is charged by the Museum for paintings sold.


IMPORTANT: prepare your digital image files as specified below in order to upload them to your portfolio and before you can use them to apply.


File format: JPEG only

File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side

File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)

File size: 5 MB maximum  (Our prospectus states 3 MB as previously required by CaFe. Since our prospectus was printed, CaFe has increased the Maximum to 5 MB)


Instructions on how to resize your JPG file in Photoshop or comparable photo editor are listed below and on CaFE Media Prep.


Start by opening your original image file in Photoshop:


Go to File > Open > choose image

Go to Image > Image Size

Next, in the Image Size Dialogue Box:


Step 1 > Change the Resolution to 72 pixels/inch.

Step 2 > Change either H or W Pixel Dimension to no less than 1920 pixels.

Step 3 > Click OK

Lastly, Go to File > Save for Web or Save As



Harold Allanson, TWSA, SFCA, CSPW


Harold Allanson attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Art. After early retirement, Harold pursued his passion to fulfill his artistic dream. He gained acceptance into major exhibitions in Canada, United States, and Spain, achieving signature status with the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the Federation of Canadian Artists, Artists for Conservation, and the International Guild Of Realism. Harold has won numerous awards in the United States and Canada. His paintings are in collections throughout North America and other parts of the world.


Harold now instructs several workshops a year. We are thrilled to have him join us to share his wealth of knowledge and unique perspective. Harold’s work can be found in many publications. For those interested in more information about this artist and his work, go to www.haroldallanson.com.




Martha Deming, TWSA


Martha has an undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and a Masters degree from Syracuse University, both in art education.


She has studied with John Gallucci, Guy Corriero, Judy Betts, Skip Lawrence, Thomas Sgouros, Bryan Atyeo and John Salminen.


Since retiring in 1995 after 32 years as a Middle/High School art teacher, she has been a full time painter. Her subject matter is inspired by nature. Recently her work has taken her in the direction of abstraction, finding the change challenging, refreshing and stimulating.


She is a signature member of the Central New York Watercolor Society and Transparent Watercolor Society of America. She is represented by several galleries and continues to teach classes and workshops.


More about Martha can be found at www.marthademing.com.


TWSA’s 2015 Schedule:


First week of March – Notifications announced.


April 11-17 – Paintings due at Kenosha Public Museum.


May 2 – Exhibition opens


Harold Allanson Workshops June 8-12 & 15-19


Martha Deming Workshops June 8-12


June 12 – Private reception held by the museum honoring artists and students


June 13 – Celebrate Watercolor Awards Dinner


August 2 – Exhibition Closes


Week of August 2 – Paintings Returned